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Storm leaves flights canceled, 2400 without power in Florence

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FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Major damages have been reported near and at the Florence Regional Airport caused from severe weather, according to Florence County Emergency Management.

The maintenance supervisor at the Florence Regional Airport says all Wednesday night flights have been canceled and that the FAA will decide when people will be allowed back into the tower that was evacuated. There are trees down on the airport’s property and some of the doors of the hangers were blown out.

Kristy Hughes of FCEM says trees are down all over east Florence, two of which are on homes.

One of the homes is on Nina Lane, according to Andrew Golden of FCEM.

The other home is located off Enchanted Lane, where a telephone pole, wires and tree are blocking the intersection of Converse Drive and Enchanted Lane, according to Captain Anthony Fox of the West Florence Fire Department.

Captain Fox says that a tree struck the side of the house and went through a bedroom window; no injuries have been reported.

Golden says the Florence Regional Airport is working on backup generator power.

Hughes says there have been 29 storm related calls since the storm began earlier this afternoon.

At 8:17 p.m., more than 2,400 customers are still without power in Florence County according to Duke Energy.

FCEM is encouraging people to stay off the roads, as there is a potential for flash flooding.

Stay tuned to WMBF News to bring you more information as this story develops.

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